The Donut Master

I first read this story when I was a teenager trying to decide if I was going to be serious about this Christianity of a thing I was born into. I went to church because I couldn’t very well say to my parents, “No, I don’t want to go to church”. That was like a taboo, one didn’t do that here. Apart from the beating I would get, I know I would have been labelled and given all sorts of names. So, I jejely conformed and went to church services with my family.

But there comes a time in a woman’s life when she has to decide where she stands and how she wants her life to go. This life is fickle and one must find meaning in it and a sense of purpose. I decided I might as well just taste and see that the Lord is good. I stand to testify that He is INDEED good.

For if it had not been the Lord who was on my side when men rose up against me… In this life, I have had trouble, in this life I will have trouble but the Lord God Almighty will deliver me from them all.

May your donut not be uneaten.

Happy Easter to you and yours.

 


 

Originally posted in MountainWings here - The Donut Master

half eaten donut

There was a boy by the name of Steve who was attending college where Brother Christianson taught seminary.

One day, Brother Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. After class, Bro. Christianson pulled Steve aside and said, “You think you’re pretty tough, don’t you?”

Steve’s answer was, “Yeah, I do.”

Then Brother Christianson asked, “How many pushups can you do?”

Steve said, “I do about 200 every night.”

“200? That’s pretty good, Steve,” Brother Christianson said.

“Do you think you could do 300?”

Steve replied, “I don’t know… I’ve never done 300 at a time.”

“Do you think you could?” again asked Brother Christianson.

“Well, I can try,” said Steve.

“Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I need you to do 300 in sets of 10 for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it,” Brother Christianson said.

Steve said, “Well… I think I can… yeah, I can do it.”

Brother Christianson said, “Good! I need you to do this on Friday.”

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front.

When class started, Brother Christianson pulled out a big box of donuts. Now these weren’t the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind with cream centers and frosting swirls.

Everyone was pretty excited. It was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend.

Bro. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked,

“Cynthia, do you want a donut?” Cynthia said, “Yes.”

Bro. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so that Cynthia can have a donut?”

Steve said, “Sure,” and jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten.

Then Steve again sat in his desk. Bro. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia’s desk.

Bro. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, “Joe, do you want a donut?”

Joe said, “Yes.”

Bro. Christianson asked, “Steve would you do ten pushups so Joe can have a donut?” Steve did ten pushups,

Joe got a donut.

And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten pushups for every person before they got their donuts and down the second aisle, until Bro. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was captain of the football team and center of the basketball team. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship.

When Bro. Christianson asked, “Scott do you want a donut?”

Scott’s reply was, “Well, can I do my own pushups?”

Bro. Christianson said, “No, Steve has to do them.”

Then Scott said, “Well, I don’t want one then.”

Bro. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so Scott can have a donut he doesn’t want?”

Steve started to do ten pushups.

Scott said, “HEY! I said I didn’t want one!”

Bro. Christianson said, “Look, this is my classroom, my class, my desks, and my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don’t want it.” And he put a donut on Scott’s desk.

Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow.

Bro. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get a little angry.

Bro. Christianson asked Jenny, “Jenny, do you want a donut?”

Jenny said, “No.”

Then Bro. Christianson asked Steve, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn’t want?”

Steve did ten, Jenny got a donut.

By now, the students were beginning to say “No” and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks. Steve was also having to really put forth a lot of effort to get these pushups done for each donut. There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face; his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.

Bro. Christianson asked Robert to watch Steve to make sure he did ten pushups in a set because he couldn’t bear to watch all of Steve’s work for all of those uneaten donuts.

So Robert began to watch Steve closely.

Bro. Christianson started down the fourth row.

During his class, however, some students had wandered in and sat along the heaters along the sides of the room. When Bro. Christianson realized this; he did a quick count and saw 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.

Bro. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.

Steve asked Bro. Christianson, “Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?” Bro. Christianson thought for a moment, “Well, they’re your pushups. You can do them any way that you want.”

And Bro. Christianson went on.

A few moments later, Jason came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled, “NO! Don’t come in! Stay out!”

Jason didn’t know what was going on.

Steve picked up his head and said, “No, let him come.”

Bro. Christianson said, “You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten pushups for him.”

Steve said, “Yes, let him come in.” Bro. Christianson said,

“Okay, I’ll let you get Jason’s out of the way right now.

Jason, do you want a donut?”

“Yes.”

“Steve, will you do ten pushups so that Jason can have a donut?”

Steve did ten pushups very slowly and with great effort.

Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down.

Bro. Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on those seated on the heaters. Steve’s arms were now shaking with each pushup in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity.

Sweat was dropping off of his face, and by this time, there was not a dry eye in the room.

The very last two girls in the room were cheerleaders and very popular. Bro. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, “Linda, do you want a doughnut? Linda said, very sadly, “No, thank you.”

Bro. Christianson asked Steve, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn’t want?”

Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow pushups for Linda.

Then Bro. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan.

“Susan, do you want a donut?”

Susan, with tears flowing down her face, asked, Bro. Christianson, “Dr. Christianson, why can’t I help him?”

Dr. Christianson, with tears of his own, said, “No, Steve has to do it alone. I have given him this task and he is in charge of seeing that everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not.

When I decided to have a party this last day of class, I looked at my grade book. Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade. Everyone else failed a test, skipped class, or offered me inferior work. Steve told me that in football practice, when a player messes up he must do pushups. I told Steve that none of you could come to my party unless he paid the price by doing your pushups.

He and I made a deal for your sakes.

Steve, would you do ten pushups so Susan can have a donut?”

As Steve very slowly finished his last pushup, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 pushups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.

Brother Christianson turned to the room and said.

“And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, plead to the Father, ‘Into your hands I commend my spirit.’ With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He collapsed on the cross and died. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk,

…uneaten.”

 

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~Art Nelson~

 

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Set A Fire!

I was supposed to publish this first thing this morning but lots of things got in the way. I wanted to wait till tomorrow morning but I decided to do it now instead of waiting because those things that got in the way today might get in the way tomorrow morning.

God bless you as you read…

 

Anne Ugobor way back when... :D

Anne Ugobor way back when… :D

Good morning beautiful people,

It is a brand new day! His mercies towards us are N-E-W!!! Not the leftovers of yesterday. Brand New! Hallelujah! This should cause us to rejoice and be glad in today cos there’s hope.

A cold stove is a sure magnet for flies (at least back home where I come from). Flies are indicative of dirt, filth. But when there is heat or fire, it not only drives away the flies (demons – biblically speaking), but the fire purifies also. Through history, fire (or the heat generated by it) has been used to sterilize.

When there is no fire present, nothing is being prepared, nothing is being cleansed. Nature itself suggests that just merely leaving things as they are is a sure magnet for dirt. Try it yourself – don’t clean your room or dust your furniture for 6 months. Even without actively putting dirt in an environment, it just naturally manifests. Things will get dirty just by existing in the world – in short, nothing cleans itself in nature. Cleanness requires active participation.

The viper that came out of the wood in Acts 28 had always been there. It was when Paul laid the wood on the fire that the viper came out. Without the fire, the viper would have remained in its place.

As servants of the Most High, we cannot afford to be cold or even lukewarm, we must ask The Lord to re-kindle the flames, the passion for His presence, the fire of prayer in our hearts. Without it, the enemy will have a field day, wrecking havoc in our lives. The sad reality is, everything will ‘seem’ normal, cos everything is cold. But I dare you to start a fire and see what begins to jump out of the hidden places where the enemy has infiltrated – don’t just limit this discourse to your personal life, but all around you, your family, your job, everywhere.

We need the fire of God Himself burning constantly. Psalm 50 describes our Father, verse 3 says that a fire devours before Him and all around Him a tempest rages (NIV and AMP). And when God comes as fire, He means to cleanse and purify, and He will judge. Read the entire chapter and see how God speaks to His people. It was not the daily sacrifice/routine (you know, coming to and playing church) that God was interested in. He rebuked the wicked who claimed to be His people, yet their actions/motives were not right. In the final verse, God declares – He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright [who prepares the way that I may show him], to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God. (Psalm 50:23 AMP).

There must, of necessity, be a change in our ways, conversation, manner of life if we are to see the demonstration of God’s salvation. And it begins by asking for FIRE!!!  Too long have we been complacent and idle.

SET FIRE DOWN IN MY SOUL

THAT I CAN’T CONTAIN AND I CAN’T CONTROL

I WANT MORE OF YOU GOD,

I WANT MORE OF YOU GOD!

As the fire begins to burn, expect the enemy to get agitated…very agitated. But don’t stop, regardless of what jumps out and fastens itself on you (as the serpent did with Paul). It will not kill you!! You only have to recognize it for what it is – truly, don’t be ignorant of the devil’s devices. I don’t know how to make it any clearer. Bottom line is that things may begin to manifest around you that will discourage you and make you want to stop – the worst question to ask at that time is “why is this happening to me?”  That is the time to fuel the fire with more prayer, more praise, more worship. If you’re overwhelmed, call on brethren to help pray you through, but those vipers, demons etc, they have to go!!!

I pray the Holy Spirit, our Helper, would open our eyes and hearts to see and comprehend and desire a move of God in our lives, that His fire would burn out every impurity in our hearts and cause our offerings and our service in The Lord to be acceptable to God.

 

God bless you as you SPREAD THE FIRE!

 

Anne.

 

Let Your Drops Flow

That’s me, sister Anne and Adaora and this photo was taken a few years ago. More than five years ago. No. A little over six years ago, I think. I’m getting old, my memory fails me.

;)

 

Me, Anne Ugobor and Adaora Onyema

Me, Anne Ugobor and Adaora Onyema

One night some years ago, I was having some family troubles and I was crying. I remember calling Sis. Anne’s number but I cut it immediately for fear of disturbing her because it was really late. She called back after a few minutes and I could tell that I had disturbed her sleep. I felt doubly bad but she was gracious and met with me the next day. She spoke to me, prayed for me, she ‘showed herself strong on my behalf’ and gave me a hug. I will never forget that hug. Yes, it was soothing but she smelled like heaven.Thank you Sister Anne.

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Hello family,

It’s another new day and our Father has not changed. He will never change. He’s so amazing, so faithful, and so awesome! Thank you Lord.

Intercession – the action of intervening on behalf of another, the act of saying a prayer on behalf of another. It doesn’t mean pointing God to someone else’s problem and saying “God, please help them”, it effectively means putting yourself in the person (or situation)’s shoes and crying out to God for mercy and deliverance, as if it was your problem or your fault.

Without it, God cannot move in the earth! Sounds ridiculous, right? But it is true. No revival of note, no salvation of souls, no healing or deliverance ever took place without someone crying out to God to step in. Jesus, patterned it for us when he taught the Lord’s Prayer – “Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

So why don’t we intercede always? For starters, the enemy has made us believe a lie, saying “what can my ‘small’ prayer do, what effect does it have in the grand scheme of things? With all the horrors going on around, how would my little prayer make a difference?” If we begin to think of ourselves as insignificant, then chances are we won’t put any effort into the big picture. A body of water, no matter the size, is composed of droplets of water, the more the droplets, the bigger the body of water. So, by making us think we’re insignificant, the enemy dams up all the sources of prayer and we’re left with dryness all around.

I dare say our bucket needs filling. I was reading Isaiah 59 and it talked about the proliferation of evil all around. God wondered that with all that was going on (verses 4 and 16), no one was crying out or interceding. In Isaiah 64, the prophet began to cry out for God to come down (please read and allow the Holy Spirit to fill your heart with truth). We do need Him now more than ever before – in our services, in our homes, on our jobs etc.

Not sure how many of you are like me, when I read about the children of Israel and all the mighty acts that God did among them, I used to wonder how they could still do the stuff they did (backsliding and worshipping other gods, etc.), even after they had experienced God like that.  The bible tells us (1 Cor. 10:6-12) that they were an example for us that we should not walk as they did. Truth be told, if we have truly committed our hearts to The Lord Jesus and asked Him to be our Saviour, we have experienced the New Birth, not even the children of Israel could come close to this experience. Yet, we find ourselves, time and time again, falling from His grace.

We must begin to cry out to God, let our drops of prayer begin to flow so that His power and glory can manifest in our lives. Did I say ‘drops’? Jesus said RIVERS OF LIVING WATER would flow out of our bellies if we believed on Him! I pray that a spirit of intercession and prayer would envelope us and tug our heart strings, causing us to stand in the gap as His Spirit leads. There’s so much to pray for – Lord give us grace to pay the price.

Amen!

 

And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do. Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him]. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. (Hebrews 4:13-16 AMP)‎

 

Anne.

 

 

 

 

 

INSANITY!

Yes! She plays the guitar, she plays the drums, the keyboard… all of it, I tell you, all of it.

Isn’t she lovely?

:)

 

Sis. Anne on the guitar

 

Insanity… and I don’t mean the workout (exercise video) either! I have heard it said that it is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result…hmmm! Another dilemma, another battle to face…when will it end?

So, I acknowledge there’s a problem, I’ve “asked” for help from The Lord, I know He’s heard me (cos His Word says He hears the cry of His people), so what’s wrong? Why isn’t anything changing? Why do I still find myself struggling?

Not your reality? Bless God, you have overcome! But for those still in the struggle, read on! (It is a long read I must say, but one I believe the Holy Spirit will use to strengthen us).

You know where God’s Word says that He won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear but with every temptation, He will provide a way of escape? Oh boy! Ummm……well, I can’t seem to find mine…..

Perhaps, we should try and understand what this “way of escape” looks like. Trust me, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you won’t know it when you see it.

I always imagined that when temptation came (in whatever form), this “way of escape” would be so there in my face, I would just walk through and overcome.  But, truth be told, it wouldn’t be much of a battle or temptation for that matter….and we would be so full of P-R-I-D-E as the ones who know how to overcome every time (like “dude, what’s  wrong with you, why are you struggling in sin, look at me, I can overcome, why can’t you?” type of proud person)!

The reality is this – God is aware that we are but flesh. He knows that nothing good can come from our flesh (question is – do you know this too?). When Jesus came, He didn’t come to show us how to struggle with our flesh in order to live right, He came to crucify the sin nature and empower us to live godly in this world. So, by faith we come to God, confess that we are sinners, believe and receive Jesus as our Saviour and then…… go right back to struggling with our mess. But He gave us a ‘HELPER’ for a reason…. To H-E-L-P! If we didn’t need help, He wouldn’t have sent help.

The Holy Spirit, the very presence of God Himself on earth, the Spirit of God (how else can I define Him?) God Himself has come to help us….to empower us to overcome. (Remember, we’re  examining what the ‘way of escape’ looks like).  Jesus said that our Helper would lead us into all truth. So, we ask Him to help us when we face our various challenges. Now, by challenge, temptation, trial, I mean everything from a chocolate bar to adultery, fornication, murder and everything in between – sin is sin! And everyone’s battle is different – don’t judge! And until you’ve faced what someone else is facing you cannot understand what they’re going through. Read how the Amplified version puts 1 Cor 13:12-14.

Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall [into sin]. For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently. Therefore, my dearly beloved, shun (keep clear away from, avoid by flight if need be) any sort of idolatry (of loving or venerating anything more than God). (1 Corinthians 10:12-14 AMP)

So, this “means of escape” is what exactly? Think back to the various times when you found yourself in a situation of temptation, there would be one common (very tiny, almost insignificant) thread that runs through each occurrence… A thought! Yep, just a small thought! A thought so small but, if heeded, powerful enough to deliver you from whatever you’re facing. A simple thought like “Don’t!”, “Stop!”, “Switch it off!” “That’s wrong!”, “Come out of there!” And the more you heed the thought, the stronger it becomes. The converse is true unfortunately, the less you heed it, the weaker it becomes.

This is how The Lord says it:

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21 NKJV)

And here is the same scripture from The Message translation (with the verses before and after):

Oh yes, people of Zion, citizens of Jerusalem, your time of tears is over. Cry for help and you’ll find it’s grace and more grace. The moment he hears, he’ll answer. Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he’ll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: “This is the right road. Walk down this road.” You’ll scrap your expensive and fashionable god-images. You’ll throw them in the trash as so much garbage, saying, “Good riddance!” (Isaiah 30:19-22 MSG)

Hallelujah! The Holy Spirit is right there, present and on the job! providing the way of escape! But we have to walk through it. With our will! God will never MAKE us do anything. The verse above says “Cry for help and you’ll find it’s grace and more grace!!”  The grace to overcome in that moment is right there but you have to yield to Him and not the temptation.

Which brings me back to where I started….INSANITY! Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome or result! We’ve got to stop putting ourselves in the same compromising positions (keep clear away from, avoid by flight if need be). We must forcefully embrace the way of escape if we are to overcome. Read 1 Corinthians 10 again – what you’re facing is common to the human experience but God allows you to go through it because He knows you can overcome it! The “why” of it all will be dealt with separately, perhaps in another email.

So family, let us embrace our Helper and not continuously grieve Him by ignoring his promptings and leadings. Let us be true sons of God who are LED by the Spirit. When we walk in the Spirit we will NOT fulfil the desires/lusts of the flesh. The way of escape is right there people!!! Find it!

 

Love you all,

Anne.

 

 

The Real Struggle

There are four women whose driving really impressed me.. still wow me. As in, even danfo drivers dey clear road for them to pass because no be small something. One of them is Yoruba, the other three are Edo. Sister Anne is one of the three..

:D

 

Anne Ugobor

 

‎Hello everyone,

It’s a wonderful day yet again. God has been so faithful to keep us in His love.

I woke up with the phrase (“The real struggle”) ‎playing over and over in my mind. The Bible verse that came to mind was the one where Paul talked about keeping his body subdued lest after preaching, he also should be castaway – I kid you not, this has also been one of my greater fears!  (1 Corinthians 9:27)

The challenge most times (and I speak for myself here…) is lacking the will power or discipline to do what needs to be done as a child/servant of God to grow in His grace. Naturally speaking, growing shouldn’t be a struggle as long as one is living and eating right. But truth be told, we don’t usually like our veggies or exercise! We need to feed on the Word and stay active in His presence if we would grow spiritually even if it ‘seems’ unpalatable to our flesh.

For me, a lot of times, reading the Word just seems repetitive and I don’t ‘feel’ like doing it – but I need it right? Just like my veggies (lol). So a strategy given to me by my Teacher (the Holy Spirit) is to read it in a different translation every time I pick it up. (Personal preferences include Amplified, the Message and NLT).

Take, for example, the following verse:

Therefore, my dearly beloved, shun (keep clear away from, avoid by flight if need be) any sort of idolatry (of loving or venerating anything more than God). (1 Corinthians 10:14 AMP).

The explanation in parentheses of what idolatry is wowed me. It makes me think about any and everything I have desired more than His presence – for me, that reality is shocking!

Remember guys, I’m just sharing my heart here. What I’m suggesting or offering shouldn’t be taken as the solution to each person’s challenge, but I believe that iron does indeed sharpen iron. Let’s take one step at a time on this journey towards our destination – GOD!!! He should be all we’re living for.

God bless you as you dive into the Word today… and pray for all of us for a desire to dive back into His Word so we can grow and not be weaklings and, more importantly,‎ cast aways!

 

God bless you,

Anne

 

 

Breaking Lethargy

My very fondest teenage memories are of Sister Anne Ugobor; her sons, her car, her kitchen, her lovely house in Adeniyi Jones, her TV, her sound system, her original CDs, the smell of her clothes, her love towards me and mine, her delicious food, her big tins of Milo and Peak milk, her smile, her hugs, her beautiful oval face… *sigh*

Yeah, you get the picture. :D

My sister, Adaora and I never cease talking about her and how wonderful she is and how she blessed us and cared for us. I miss her terribly.

So she found out that I listen to Beyonce and she thought to share something she wrote for her choir with me. I asked why she hadn’t put it up on Facebook and after a few discussions, I asked her permission to put it up on my blog. It turns out that she hadn’t written just one but three. I’m sharing them with you…

Thank you Sis. Anne.

 

Beautiful Anne Ugobor

Beautiful Anne Ugobor

Hello everyone,

I awoke suddenly in the early hours of today with a call to pray! Now seeing as I hadn’t done this in a while, my first thought was to turn over and immerse myself even deeper in the duvet covers. But thankfully, (thank You Holy Spirit for helping me) I didn’t.

I got out of bed and began to pace the floor, praying in the Spirit (again, distracting thoughts flooded through my mind, of virtually everything including the kitchen sink!). This time however, I knew it was time for God to break every chain of lethargy and weakness that had crept in over a period of time, preventing me from pressing in to God and just keeping me in a place of complacency in my spirit.

I began to declare that I live, move and have my being in Him, and that my strength and my sufficiency are of Him. The enemy’s ploy has been to make me believe that I’m weak and cannot break out of whatever state I seem to have found myself – now this may not relate to you in anyway, but please keep reading (and keep praying for those of us who can relate and desire a breakthrough).

The thrust of the prayers seemed to be breaking the bondage of lethargy.

(Dictionary definition: A lack of energy and enthusiasm.

Synonyms: sluggishness, inertia, inactivity, inaction, slowness, torpor, torpidity, lifelessness, listlessness, languor, laziness, idleness, indolence, shiftlessness, sloth, apathy, passivity, weariness, tiredness, lassitude, fatigue, inanition)

The problem has been that I have tried to look for the strength within myself to break out of it. Our sufficiency (hallelujah) is not of ourselves though.  So it doesn’t matter how long I’ve been a Christian or how “well” one knows how to pray, God must step in Himself to deliver and set free.

As this truth dawned on me, the strength and fervency of my prayers grew – I prayed for you too, that God by his Spirit would stir all of us up in our spirits and break every hold and plan of the enemy over our lives – still, the enemy was fighting me in my mind, trying to make me think it was a waste of time… “You’ll just end up the same way you’ve been all this while, so why bother?”  LIES FROM THE PIT OF HELL!!! (Even as I write this now, the battle is raging… but I will put my trust now IN Him, and not in my “know-how” after all, my know-how didn’t get me far at all).

As workers in the Kingdom, we must realize that the role God has called us to play will require us to depend on Him alone for strength. The enemy knows this and causes us to take our focus off the Lord and His strength and makes us focus instead on our weaknesses. Suddenly, we don’t “feel like” doing the things we used to do, we go through the motions instead, we play church, all the while knowing something is not quite right, but not fixing to do anything about it anyway, or trying but failing hopelessly at changing it – again, if you can’t relate, please pray for those of us who face this very real battle!!!

I’m reminded of the very same battle that Paul faced in Romans 7:14-25 (please READ IT NOW, NOT LATER. NOW!). The key to his deliverance, the answer to his dilemma and ours, lay in verse 25. So now, he no longer looked within himself to solve a problem that he was powerless to and incapable of solving, he found the answer in verse 25 (read it! Selah!)

This is not a ramble folks. It is time for us to arise in our spirits and take back all the enemy has stolen from us. Please pray for one another, cos everyone’s battle is different. Pray that God would hedge us all around and deliver us from the snare of the fowler. You know, pride is a terrible thing – it is what prevents us from opening up to each other and saying “I need help; I’m facing such and such a challenge”. But I know that God will help us. He is our very present help in times of trouble!!!

God bless you and keep you and cause His grace and strength to lift you up and set you on high.

Love you guys immensely.

Anne

 

 

The Retail Leaders Conference

REGISTER FOR THE RETAIL LEADERS CONFERENCE.

http://www.retailleadersconference.com/

The Retail Leaders Conference, the very first of its kind in Nigeria, is an annual event that gathers Retail thought leaders & senior executives to ruminate on the challenges and opportunities in the transforming retail industry in Nigeria.

Theme: THE NIGERIAN RETAIL TRANSFORMATION: Change, Challenges & Opportunities.

Venue: Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja Lagos Nigeria

Date: May 27, 2014

 

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE CONFERENCE.

The Opportunity Point

The Conference will be an opportunity for you to:

- Understand your business in the context of the coming transformation.

- Recognise the forces that are being unleashed and be prepared.

- Understand how you can take best advantage of the opportunities.

- Network with Retail thought leaders, Capacity builders and other key service providers.

 

The Meeting Point

The Conference will serve as:

- A melting point of ideas for Retail Excellence.

- A meeting point of Retail opportunities and resources.

- A confluence of Retail Practitioners, Thought Leaders, Service Providers and Policy makers (government).

- A showcase of best practices from around the world.

 

The Refreshment Point

As an annual event, The Conference will be:

- A barometer of progress and a seer of the trajectory of retail transformation in Nigeria.

- A major plank in the preparation of Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunities in Retail.

- The biggest networking meeting for the ‘who is who’ of Retail in Nigeria.

- The ultimate go-to event for Retailing in Nigeria.

 

For more Information, Registration and Partnership Opportunities;

Please visit http://www.retailleadersconference.com/

Email: conference@retailleadersconference.com

 

SIGN UP NOW! Fee: N100,000 (Early bird: 10% on payment before March 31, 2014)

To Your Success,

For: The Retail Leaders Conference

 

 

 

 

 

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